Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s
There will be a Respect Life Committee meeting on Monday, April 29, at 7:30 PM in the Rectory Meeting Room.
All are welcome to join us to help prepare for our annual Mother’s Day Baby Shower for women in crisis pregnancies. Your help can make a big difference!
Rosary Society Drive for
Hackensack Adult Shelter
Rosary Society Drive for Hackensack Adult Shelter
April 27 – May 5
The Rosary Society will be collecting toiletries and personal items for the Adult Shelter in Hackensack. The Shelter relies entirely on donations since it does not receive any County funding for personal items for its temporary residents. Those referred may have a history of substance abuse, physical and mental health problems, and unemployment. A donation box will be set up in the Gathering Space the weekends of April 27/28 and May 4/5. There is a desperate need for the following items:
Shower Shoes (flip flops) in Large Sizes
Men’s Tee Shirts Sizes L – 3X
Men’s Briefs Sizes L – 3X
Women’ Briefs Sizes L – 3X
Women’ Sports Bras Sizes L – 3X
Thank you for your generosity. For more information contact Felicia Brobson at 201-803-8928 (call or text).
The Sandwich Generation
and Self Care
The Sandwich Generation and Self Care
Wednesday, May 1
7:00 PM – Parish Center
Originally coined by Social Worker Dorothy Miller in 1981, the term “sandwich” generation is described as a generation of adults who are “sandwiched” between their own parents and their grown children. They may be subjected to mental, emotional, or financial stress.
Did you know that one out of every eight Americans between the ages of 40 and 60 are direct caregivers for an aging parent while an additional seven to ten million Americans help their parents or other aging relatives even from a long distance.
Because of the prevalence of this situation, Saint Peter the Apostle, along with Holy Name Hospice and Palliative Care Community and Villa Marie Claire are hosting a panel discussion about this topic on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Our Panel includes:
• Lenore Guido, MA, Bereavement Coordinator
• Jacqueline Lang, LSW, Medical Social Worker
• Jan Myers, MA. NCC, RN, Hospice Spiritual Counselor
We hope you will join us for an enlightening and reflective evening. Light refreshments will follow.
Please contact 201-261-3366 ext. 206 for Chris Black or ext. 209 for Donna Grotheer at with any questions or to register for this event. Alternatively, you can sign up on line for this complimentary program:
Bridge Makers for
Bridge Makers is a faith sharing group for LGBTQ Catholics and their families. All are welcome for faith sharing, prayer, conversation, and support.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 7th at 7:30 PM in the Parish Center. For more information, please contact Deacon Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message at the Rectory (201-261-3366).
Spring Clothing Swap
The Spring Clothing Swap will be Saturday, May 11th from 9am – 12pm in the Parish Center.
We will be collecting children’s clothing donations on Friday, May 10th from 3-7pm in the Parish Center.
Volunteers are needed for both days. Volunteers, please RSVP with your availability to email@example.com.
eGiving with Faith Direct
Many of you are aware and take advantage of the convenience of electronic giving to our parish and we are grateful for that. We believe it is time to upgrade to a more streamlined online provider for our eGiving needs through Faith Direct. For those of you who have yet to join us in giving online, I strongly encourage you to do so. Here’s why:
Faith Direct enables parishioners to make your Church contributions through either direct debit from your checking/savings account or through your credit/debit card. No more writing checks or searching for envelopes on the way out the door. Now you can apply the convenience of direct debit to your parish offerings in much the same way as you may now use it to make your mortgage, car or tuition payments.
Faith Direct also offers you personalized offertory cards to replace your envelopes for the collection basket.
For more information about Faith Direct, please visit:
To enroll, visit:
Or download the app:
For parishioners using our previous online giving program, please follow the Faith Direct enrollment instructions detailed in the email you recently received.
God Bless You!
Community Service Saturday
is coming to St. Peter’s
A day which St. Peter’s will encourage everyone in the parish to perform a needed service – either to an individual or to the community …
JUST FOR ONE DAY
Saturday, May 18
For detailed information, please click and open the link:
Peace & Friendship
Come join us for a relaxed evening all about exploring God’s Word in community. We’ll read the upcoming Sunday Scripture, spend some time discussing, and finish the evening with conversation and friendship. It’s a terrific opportunity for parish acquaintances to become friends, a place for ministries to network, an occasion for the peace of God to come into our lives.
Next Evening of Peace & Friendship:
Tuesday, May 14 – 7:30 PM – Parish Center
It’s open to all St. Peter’s parishioners & friends. You can come as often you wish… There’s no-commitment and nothing to join.
Please RSVP below to let us know you are coming so we can prepare.
2019 – Tuesdays
Collection for Humanitarian
Crisis in Venezuela
Collection for Humanitarian Crisis
Weekend of May 18/19
Help is needed for the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. On the weekend of May 18 and 19, we will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items, baby food, first aid supplies, vitamins, all used medicines that are not expired (more than 90 days), and used sneakers all sizes. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
Join St. Peter’s Singles Support Group in 2019 for their trips to:
Fall Trip to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard (WAITING LIST)
September 9-13, 2019
NEW TRIP ADDED to see
JESUS at the Millennium Theatre,
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Holiday trip to Biltmore Estate and Ashevlle, NC
December 1-6, 2019
Please check their website www.support-group-nj.com for all details. Contact Kathy Marshall 973-246-6148 or at teacherkmm @yahoo.com for any questions and to make reservations.
On the Lord’s Day
8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM
A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass
Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM
Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day
11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
(Login Access to previous e- giving program)
Cardinal Tobin: Transparency & Healing
“The release of names of clergy with a credible allegation(s) of sexual abuse of a minor is part of our ongoing commitment to be transparent to help bring healing to the victims and to help restore trust in the leadership of Catholic Church. Additionally, the disclosure of the names is part of our ongoing commitment to protect our children and to ensure safe environments for minors.
The list is the result of an extensive review of the Archdiocese’s records by an Archdiocesan review team and outside legal counsel to identify allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Archdiocese dating back to 1940. The disclosure of this list of names is not an endpoint in our process – it is a beginning.
We express genuine sorrow and regret to the victims who put their trust in a member of the Church only to have that trust so profoundly betrayed.
We must protect our children, first, foremost, and always.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., February 13, 2019
Report on Parish Listening Session
Caution: Email and Texting Scams
Continuing Caution Concerning Email and Texting Scams
There has been an increase in the number of fraudulent emails across the country. Financial losses can exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars and are often uninsured.
Recently we have received notification of email and text scams that will use the name of a pastor to solicit funds in the form of gift cards or cash donations.
The email usually includes no recipients’ name, and asks for financial help for a worthy cause. The pastor’s name concludes the request.
Several of our pastors have already heard from parishioners who have received emails or text messages, seemingly from the pastor, asking for donations.
Our parishes and schools do not raise money in this manner so please exercise the utmost caution when receiving this type of communication.
Law enforcement agencies urge parishioners to question any email or text that doesn’t come from a person in their contacts. If a pastor’s name is used, parishioners should contact the parish to verify the legitimacy of the appeal.
Anyone who feels that they have been the victim of this type of scam is urged to contact their local police department.
Outside St. Peter’s
Police Reserves Needs Volunteers
Volunteers Needed to Join the River Edge Police Reserves
Make a difference; give us your time and talent!
The River Edge Police Department is currently seeking volunteers to join their dedicated team of Police Reserve officers. The Police Reserves are civilian volunteers trained to support and contribute to the overall safety and protection of the community. The Reserve force provides the department with extra manpower on a regular basis that can be deployed quickly for critical incidents and other emergency situations that require more officers than would otherwise be available.
Applications to become an Officer in the River Edge Police Reserves are accepted year round and can be picked up in person at the River Edge Police Department Headquarters.
Knights of Columbus Membership
The Knights of Columbus are inviting all Catholic gentlemen over the age of 18 to join our organization for promoting our guiding principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The River Edge Knights serve the Parish of Saint Peters the Apostle and local community by volunteering their time and treasure in assisting the poor, disabled and disenfranchised, as well as programs for supporting our youth. Please contact Bob Garcia on: 201-262-7766, or via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on our website: www.kofcriveredge.com for more information. We look forward to welcoming you!
The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations). The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes. “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.” Please join in helping others. The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June. Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.
Bergen Volunteers Needed
The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience. Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website (www.bergenvolunteers.org) lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.
Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors
The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.
Request for Hospice Volunteers
Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.
Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit patients during the daytime hours during the week and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of 6 months. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals. For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-523-9745 or email@example.com
Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed
Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.
Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed
The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.
St. Peter Academy News
Give the Gift of a Catholic Education
A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.
The Seniors of St. Peter's
For Ages 55+
2nd Sunday of the Month
After the 11:00 AM Mass
In the Parish Center
St. Peter's Youth Group
Every Sunday, 7:00 PM in the Youth Room
St. Peter's MoMS Group
(Ministry of Mothers Sharing)
Weekly on Thursdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)
All are welcome!
St. Peter's Singles Support Group
St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room
All are welcome!
In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:
Parents Support Group
Support Group for Parents
Grieving the Death of a Child
Third Monday of each month
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Rectory
No preregistration and no fee
Crocheters and knitters meet weekly on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:00 January through early June in the Casazza Center which is in the basement of the rectory. We make afghans, which are donated through the local chapter of Project Linus to sick and needy babies. All who are interested are welcome.
Any question, email:
St. Peter's Quilters